25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius

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December 20, 2006


Paperback, 288 pages


0071477578 / 9780071477574


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Your home may be your castle-but can it cook your dinner? Well, with the help of 25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius, you can teach it to do just that, along with dozens of other affordable, enjoyable things that will transform your humble abode into a wickedly automated living environment.

But fear not-you don't need an engineering degree to complete the projects in this book. That's because technology maven Jerri L. Ledford skillfully provides you with a firm understanding of the basic wiring, networking, and equipment demands for home automation. She then leads you step by step through each application, offering clearly worded and heavily diagramed guidance that will truly satisfy your inner Evil Genius.

With the help of just a few household tools, you'll be able to bring info-age automation to:

  • Indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Security and surveillance
  • Climate regulation
  • Entertainment systems
  • Personal reminders
  • Plant care
  • Remote monitoring of kids and pets
  • Keyless entry
  • Wireless TV
  • And many more!

Plus, you'll gain access to discounts from a variety of home automation product manufacturers, to make your projects even more economical. With 25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius, easy living is now automatic!

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION TO HOME AUTOMATIONChapter 1: Lights Please: Indoor LightingChapter 2: Intruder Alert: Outdoor LightingChapter 3: Whole House Automation: Installing an X-10 SystemChapter 4: It's Getting Hot in Here: Control Your ClimateChapter 5: Speak Up! Installing Voice ControlsChapter 6: What's at the Door? Installing a Surveillance CameraChapter 7: Shhh...I'm on the PhoneChapter 8: Music Everywhere: Audio ControlsChapter 9: Is Anyone There? Installing an Occupancy SensorChapter 10: Today Is Trash Day: Automating RemindersChapter 11: No More Dead Lawns: Automating Watering SystemsChapter 12: Watching from Afar: Monitoring Kids and Pets from WorkChapter 13: Hot and Ready: Preheat the Oven from Your Cell PhoneChapter 14: Who Let the Dogs Out: Creating Your Own Robo-DogChapter 15: For the Birds: Installing a Bird Feeder CamChapter 16: No Keys Necessary: Installing a Keyless EntryChapter 17: Romantic Settings: Creating Grouped Tasks to Control Your EnvironmentChapter 18: Hello Dave: Creating Automation PersonalizationChapter 19: TV Anywhere: Wireless Television Throughout Your HouseChapter 20: Adding Sound Effects to Your Home AutomationChapter 21: Did I Close That Door? Installing an Automatic Garage Door CloserChapter 22: Automating Your Hot TubChapter 23: Add a Little Humor to Your HouseChapter 24: Connecting to Your Favorite EntertainmentChapter 25: Creating an Illusion of Occupancy: Vacation ControlsAPPENDIX A: AUTOMATION CHECKLISTAPPENDIX B: HOME AUTOMATION RESOURCESGLOSSARYINDEX

Author comments

Jerri Ledford (Magee, MS) is a freelance writer with more than 10 years experience. She’s had more than 700 articles appear in publications such as Intelligent Enterprise, Network World, Information Security Magazine, TechNet Magazine, and others. In addition to covering all aspects of business technology, Jerri writes and teaches technology courses for consumers at both Hewlett-Packard and CNET, and has written several consumer books, including The Rational Guide to Preventing Identity Theft (Rational Press, 2005), Cut the Cord! The Consumer’s Guide to VoIP (Course Technology – a division of PTR, 2005), and The Personal Cybersecurity Bible (Course Technology, 2005.)

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